Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
Watch On
  1. 30
    The movie is childishly naïve... like a New Age social-studies lesson. It isn't really revisionist; it's the old stuff toned down and sensitized. [17 Dec 1990]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. EC
    Jul 1, 2007
    10
    A marvelous film. Many powerful sequences, some memorable characters, lush and evocative cinematography in the right places. Not too many A marvelous film. Many powerful sequences, some memorable characters, lush and evocative cinematography in the right places. Not too many movies leave you feeling enriched, but this one does. Full Review »
  2. UsmanA.
    Jun 6, 2006
    10
    its a briliant film. explains the civil war and how america split up because of slavery. 1 man changes from being a hero to being a traitor.
  3. May 29, 2015
    10
    Marvelous storytelling. An epic movie that drew me in, and made me one with it's leading character as he became one with the land and itsMarvelous storytelling. An epic movie that drew me in, and made me one with it's leading character as he became one with the land and its people. It is romantic, adventurous, war-torn, violent, peaceful, and lovely. It is full of love, hate, misunderstanding and guidance. Dances with Wolves is a picture of mankind at both its best... and worst. Full Review »